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I bought a house owned by a gentleman who owned a Liqueur Store, and left behind in the basement was a bottle of 1964 Sichel & Fils Freres Medoc Ruban Rouge red bordeaux. I do not know the history of this bottle. The label is in decent shape but appears to have a little dark discoloration, possibly mold on it. I was wondering if this is a desirable wine and if it has any value. Thank you.

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Hi Erik

This is a negociant wine--one that was blended from lots purchased on the bulk market, rather than the produce of a specific chateau in Bordeaux.  It was blended and bottled specifically to be drinkable when it was released, and was never expected to age more than a year or two.

With that in mind, and given that 1964 was a mediocre vintages in Bordeaux anyway, this wine won't have any value on the open market.  I think you'll find that the color is browning, the nose quite tired, and the fruit quite faded.  

I am sorry that I can't give you better news...

Hope that helps.

Paul Wagner

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Wines of the world, wine a food matching, wine and food service questions. I currently teach Wine courses at Napa Valley College, am an international wine judge, written many articles for publication, and have been a guest speaker at way too many wine conferences to remember. 25 years in the business. With Liz Thach and Janeen Olsen, I authored the definitive book on wine marketing: Wine Marketing & Sales, Strategies for a Saturated Market by The Wine Appreciation Guild, which won the Gourmand International Award in 2008 for the best wine book for professionals! With Rick Kushman of Capital Public Radio, I host a radio show and podcast called Bottletalk at rickandpaulwine.com, where I answer questions about wine and food on the air.

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30 years in the business.

Organizations
Society of Wine Educators, Academy of Wine Communications, American Wine Society

Publications
Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine, Fine Wine Journal, les Amis du Vin Journal, Society of Wine Educators Journal, and more.

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I have taught at Napa Valley College for the last twenty years.

Awards and Honors
Spanish National Wine Fair: A lifetime dedicated to wine award. Espaderino della Castelania di Soave in Italy.

Past/Present Clients
Wineries include Caymus, Wente, Parducci, Shannon Ridge, Paul Dolan Wines, Vigilance, and others. Wine regions include the Union des Grand Crus de Borcdeaux, Union des Grands Crus de St. Emilion, Consorzio di Chianti CLassico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Consorzio di Franciacorta, Rioja Alavesa, and others.

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